Tag Archives: Employment Research Division

Oregon Construction Employment at Record Highs

Oregon’s construction industry reached a record high number of jobs in recent months, employing an average of 108,000 during the 12 months ending with October 2019. The industry added jobs steadily and rapidly in recent years, following a prolonged slump in 2009 through 2012, when employment remained near 70,000 for several years after the last […]
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Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Has Stayed Near 4 Percent for Three Years

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in September and October. The rate has been between 4.0 percent and 4.4 percent for an unprecedented 36 consecutive months dating back to November 2016. The U.S. unemployment rate ticked up from 3.5 percent in September to 3.6 percent in October. Source: Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon’s Unemployment […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon Employment Forecast: Solid Fundamentals, More Uncertainty

The U.S. economic expansion turned 10 years old this summer, making it the longest expansion in recorded history. Locally, Oregon continues to add jobs and our unemployment rate remains at or near record lows. In addition, incomes are rising and initial claims for unemployment insurance (a measure of layoffs) are down. All told, the state’s […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Most Oregon Counties Saw Real Wage Growth from 2008 to 2018

Most of Oregon’s counties had an increase in inflation-adjusted average wages from 2008 to 2018. Overall, the average wage for the entire state increased by $6,026 over those 10 years after adjusting for inflation. Most of the statewide increase was driven by the large gains in Washington and Multnomah counties. These two counties in the […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: The Mental Health Industry

In recent years, society has been learning that mental health can be just as important as physical health. Oregon has joined in this trend, evidenced by the strong growth in mental health care workers around the state. Hospitals, clinics, and residential facilities employ thousands of trained mental health workers to help people get better. These […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Halloween Fun Facts

Happy Halloween! We’re treating you with some fun facts related to Halloween festivities. Source: Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Halloween Fun Facts

September 2019 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.3 percent in September 2019. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in September included Hood River (3.4%), Washington (3.4%), and Multnomah (3.6%). Three counties had unemployment rates at or below the national rate of 3.5 percent. Nine of Oregon’s counties had unemployment […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Differences in Workers’ Employment, Education and Industry by Ethnicity

According to the 2013-2017 five-year ACS estimates (the most current available), Oregon had roughly 2.1 million people between the ages of 25 and 64. Of them, 236,000 were of Hispanic or Latino origin, while the state’s non-Hispanic population in the same prime working age range totaled 1.9 million. The non-Hispanic population includes Oregonians of any […]
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 Earn While You Learn in a High-Wage, High-Demand Job with Apprenticeship Training

Not interested in going to college? Do you like learning in a hands-on environment while earning money at the same time? An apprenticeship might be a great training opportunity for you. But how do you decide which apprenticeship program to pursue? Some things to consider when you are contemplating career choices are whether there will […]
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Oregon’s Aging Principal Farm Producers

According to the 2017 Agricultural Census, Oregon’s farm acreage totaled about 16 million in 2017, with 37,616 farms and 67,595 producers. The age of an Oregon principal farm producer averaged 58.9 years in 2017. Wheeler County’s farm producers led the state, averaging 63.7 years of age, while Harney County’s represented the youngest, at 55.6 on […]
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